HC Deb 20 June 1961 vol 642 cc1152-3
14. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the increasing arrears of cases awaiting trial in the Glasgow sheriff courts and the consequent inconvenience caused to witnesses, police and law agents; and what proposals he has to effect improvements.

Mr. Brooman-White

My right hon. Friend is aware of these difficulties and he hopes to arrange very shortly for the appointment of an additional sheriff-substitute for the Glasgow Court.

Mr. Hannan

Will the Joint Under-Secretary of State convey to his right hon. Friend the great dissatisfaction that there is about the administration of the courts in Glasgow, the frustration and misspent energy in time and money? Will the hon. Gentleman not merely consider the appointment of other procurators-fiscal, but have a look at the whole machinery so that lawyers can make proper appointments in order to deal with their business?

Mr. Brooman-White

Some additional accommodation has recently been made available, but we are well aware of the delays.

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